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How Trump’s Lies Keep him in Power

When Trump lies, it energizes his base. This, for example, is a fairly obvious lie: Many of Trump’s supporters and surrogates know he’s lying and they love it. Trump’s base sees his lies as “fighting back.” This is how many Read more…


“You’re the Puppet”

The “you’re the puppet” technique being used now by the Trump-Fox-GOP goes like this: “The House is denying Trump due process and thus denying him a fair trial.” To being with, the House inquiry is not akin to a criminal Read more…


Open Letter to Republican Senators

Dear GOP Senators: You’ll soon face a choice. Will you accept the evidence of your eyes and ears, and the findings of the US intelligence community—and Mueller? Or will you stand with Trump let him do whatever he pleases? You Read more…


Destroying the Deep State

MoatSnakeHat said: Part of this is to get the results Trump wants. Trump wants to undermine the findings in the Mueller Report to rehabilitate himself (and Russia!) He also wants undermine factuality by persuading enough people that Ukraine hacked the Read more…


Trump Emboldened

Will Trump get away with this latest outrage? [The Whistleblower scandal] Answer: It depends Spoiler: It looks to me like lots of Trump critics are giving the Republican leadership a good reason to continue shielding Trump. “What?” you ask. Stick Read more…


A Firehose of Falsehoods

The latest: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologist said, “This is the first time I’ve felt pressure from above to not say what truly is the forecast.” Yes, Trump told the NOAA to back up his lie–and someone there did Read more…


Inflicting Pain and Stirring up Trouble

It’s almost like Trump spends his day devising ways to enrage and insult people, divide us, and inflict pain. Today, to thrill his Evangelical base, enrage everyone else, and call out American Jews, he tweeted this: Yesterday he said this Read more…


The Trump Reality Show

Today’s episode: Scaramucci (the “Mooch”) turns on Trump after Trump attacked him on Twitter. Yesterday’s episode: Trump pushing conspiracy theories about Epstein’s death. Timothy Snyder explains why we are caught up in the constant drama of a Reality T.V. President. Read more…


How to Make the Radical Right Less Dangerous

Professor Miller-Idriss (sociology and education) explains white supremacy and what drives the shooters in this C-Span interview. Psychologist Karen Stenner (author of the Authoritarian Dynamic) explains how to make them less dangerous. From Miller-Idriss: What we call white supremacy includes Read more…


Trump, the modern GOP, and the Shooters

What Trump, the modern GOP, and the shooters have in common: They see themselves as victims. E.W. Jackson believes it’s the demonization of white people by liberals, not white supremacy, that is radicalizing mass shooters. It’s definitely counterintuitive that members Read more…